Fall/Spring Semester
Development Studies in Latin America: An Interdisciplinary Program

Jointly with Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, ICDS offers the opportunity to build your own semester according to your interests. This program will help you acquire in-depth knowledge on sustainable development through a variety of courses on sustainability, the environment, and human rights. The program includes a service-learning core course with two weekly sessions of community work, as well as a trip to a neighboring country for contrast purposes.

Course Offering

Required courses:

  • Community Engagement and Sustainable Human Development: A Service-learning Course
  • Spanish Language

*  Elective courses:

  • Current Environmental Issues in Latin America
  • Rural and Urban Sustainable Development: Global and Local Perspectives
  • Sustainable Tourism and Local Development
  • Development in Latin America from a Gender Perspective
  • Human Rights in Latin America: A Critical Approach
  • Democracy in Central America: An Ongoing Question
  • Latin America: A Mirror of Reality Through Film
  • Literatura Centroamericana (Taught In Spanish)

*Courses for which less than six (6) students sign up will not be opened. In that case, interested students will be given the option to select a different course.




• Spring session: Mid January-Mid April • Fall session: Late August- November *


  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Completion of basic level(s) of college Spanish or equivalent